Essay about Al Capone And Organized Crime In The 1920s

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Al Capone ran many illegal businesses including bootlegging, gambling, prostitution, and murders. There were many gangs in the world of organized crime and Al Capone’s was at the top. Al Capone was the most infamous gangster in the 1920’s.

     Being a highly know and revered gangster was a big business. Money was made fast and very easily. Bootlegging alcohol was by far the most profitable in the 1920’s; this was because of the prohibition of alcohol. Gambling was another business that paid off; stations sanctioned for gambling were set up all over cities. Prostitution and murders were also crimes that made gangsters quick and easy money.

     Alphonse Capone was the biggest force in
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Soon Capone was stronger than almost every gangster in America in the 20’s. He was the most feared man in Chicago, but he didn’t earn it bootlegging, pimping, or gambling. Al Capone had to kill men that got in his way. That is how Al Capone became the most powerful gangster ever.

     Of all the murders, the cause of many may lie in the hands of the prohibition act. The act started on January 16, 1920. It stated that liqueur that is a beverage can not be manufactured, nor sold, nor be hauled on the face of the earth, but there were many people against this, a lot of those people were gangsters and other thugs. But they didn’t just talk about it; many men became bootleggers and racketeers. The profits made by this were enormous. Bootlegging led to a tremendous rivalry between a lot of gangs.

Al Capone was in constant danger because he was one of the top bootleggers.

One of Al Capone’s rivals was the gardener Dion O’Banion. Dion was a rival bootlegger whose behavior had to be controlled. He killed men whenever and wherever he wanted. O’Banion even went as far as tricking Torrio which sent him to jail. Something he did wrong was bragging about it. Days later, O’Banion was taken out by three of Capone’s men in his own flower shop. Capone and Torrio then took over the excellent bootlegging business that was Dion’s.

     After the murder of Dion O’Banion, Al Capone and Johnny Torrio began to fear for

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